Official information British people moving to and living in India need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
Before you go
See our travel advice for India for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for India in our travel advice.
If you enter India on a long-term visa and plan to stay more than 180 days, you will need to register with a Foreigners’ Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival.
See our travel advice for India.
India and the UK do not have reciprocal healthcare agreements. You should buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you enter the country.
You should also make sure you’re covered by health insurance for UK treatment or you’ll be charged by the NHS for any care you receive in the UK.
The NHS has information for people moving abroad.
Working in India
See information on employment and business visas from the Indian High Commission, London.
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in India.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
Driving in India
India drives on the left.
You can drive with a UK licence and an accompanying international driving permit after you arrive, but rules on how long you can drive on a UK licence vary from state to state. To arrange for a driving test, you should contact the traffic police office in the state where you live.
See travelling with pets.
The emergency numbers in India are:
- 100 – police
- 101 – fire
- 102 – ambulance
If you need urgent help, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
Returning to the UK
The Indian authorities will not allow you to leave India if you don’t hold a valid visa, or have not met specific visa requirements – for example, registration.
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Indian authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.